The bamboo is a species of the grass family that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, mainly in South East Asia, Africa and South America. It has been widely planted as an ornamental plant for its beautiful appearance and easy care. They can grow up to 4 meters tall and are commonly referred to as bamboo trees. This plant is not only used as an ornamental plant but also as a source of food and medicine. Bamboo forest is evergreen and perennial. The bamboo groves are one of the fastest growing plants in the world. 

In China, there are more than 1000 varieties of bamboo grass. In Japan, there are about 200 types of bamboo grass. China is the largest grower of bamboo in the world. There are many different species of bamboo grass in other countries such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and so on. Tropical bamboo species include Dendrocalamus, Bambusa and Phyllostachys. 

You can cultivate bamboo grass if you want to have some bamboo plants at home. Usually bamboo planting is done during the rainy seasons. If you want to grow bamboo grass indoors, you should choose a place where it receives plenty of sunlight. Also, you should prepare the soil before planting bamboo grass. You should water them regularly. When harvesting bamboo, you should be careful because it may cause injury to your hands.  You should wear gloves when harvesting bamboo grass.

The bamboo plant has been used by humans since ancient times. For example, it was used to make paper, ropes, baskets, furniture, roofing materials, flooring material due to the strength of the bamboo poles. Larger bamboo and woody bamboo are used for fencing and furniture.

It is well known that bamboo grass contains various nutrients and minerals. Some people use bamboo grass to make noodles. It is said that bamboo grass contains high-quality protein which makes it suitable for making noodles. Bamboo is also used to make tofu. Noodles made from bamboo grass are called “bamboo grass noodles”. These noodles are nutritious and delicious. Bamboo grass is also added to foods like soup, salad dressing, and sauces.

Bamboo shoots are the new bamboo culms or the bamboo sprouts which are tender and edible. Consumption of bamboo shoots is very good for the health. These edible bamboo stalk are full of nutrients. They contain carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and amino acids. They are considered as a delicacy in many parts of the world. 

Some of the health benefits of consumption of bamboo can include lowering high blood pressure, reduces diabetes, prevents cardiovascular diseases, improves digestion, prevents constipation, reduces inflammation. It has antioxidant activities as well.

Bamboo is considered as a Chinese symbol of friendship and a symbol of uprightness. 



Is bamboo a grass or tree?

Bamboo is a grass

Is bamboo toxic to cats?

It is non toxic to cats

Is bamboo invasive?

Bamboo grows rapidly. Sometimes it is considered invasive.

Is bamboo evergreen?

Yes, they are evergreen plants 

Can bamboo grow in pots?

You can grow a bamboo in a pot. The growth of the bamboo grass plant will be restricted to the container.

How tall does bamboo grow?

Some species of bamboo can grow over 30m tall

Is bamboo poisonous to dogs?

Bamboo is non toxic to dogs

Why is bamboo considered a grass ?

Grasses have a hollow internodal stem region. This is called as a culm in bamboo. A tree also has both vascular layer and meristem cell, but bamboo does not have a vascular cambium layer or meristem cells at the top of the culm. 


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